Lane too strong for under-strength Booth

Tom Wood hits out
Tom Wood hits out

Jer Lane took full advantage of a weakened Booth side as they opened up a commanding 23-point lead at the top of the Premier Division table.

Richard Laycock’s Booth side worked hard but were always up against it opposing a Lane side who warmed up nicely for today’s Parish Cup final at Copley with a four wicket success.

Booth batted first and found it hard to break the shackles - their first six wickets falling with just 81 on the board.

Jon Midgley provided some late defiance with 33, but a target of 139 was never realistically enough.

Lane may have had their eyes on today’s final as they found themselves on 98 for five at one stage, but Johnny Lister’s unbeaten 30 steadied the ship and Lane cruised to victory in 27 overs.

Warley came out on top in their mid-table clash with Southowram, banking maximum points from an eight wicket win over their rivals.

James Whitworth set about dismantling Southowram’s top order on the way to finishing with figures of four for 26. It was left to Amjin Azam to mop up the tail, his five for 56 helping shoot the visitors out for 121.

Ian Hall ploughed a lone furrow for his top score of 48 with Scott Moody’s 26 the next best.

Warley then took 21 overs to knock off the runs, opener Nolan Bottomley keeping his wicket intact with 46 while Hasan Jamil scored 51 before he was bowled by Ben Wells.

Sowerby Bridge defied the weather to inflict a 126-run defeat on Bradshaw.

A rain shower saw the contest reduced to 32 overs per side. Bridge batted first and opener Tim Helliwell laid seige to the bowling, his 106 containing 10 fours and eight sixes.

He then starred in a second wicket stand of 95 with Sam Mellor (44) to help lift the total to a challenging 261 for six.

Bradshaw had no-one to match Gledhill’s contribution as they lurched to 19 for five until Steve Beck (52) and Dean Cotton (56) gave the innings some respectabilty at 135 for seven.

Mellor returned with the ball to record figures of three for five from his seven overs.

Teenager Isaac Baldwin secured his second century in three games for Luddenden Foot yet still finished up on the losing side following an 85-run defeat at Division One leaders SBCI.

Foot were chasing down a daunting total of 317 for seven, but their hopes evaporated once 17 year old Baldwin became the sixth wicket to fall with the total on 210.

SBCI’s innings had been laid by the top order with George Hampshire (78) and Matthew Schofield (65) putting on an opening stand of 142.

Tom Wood hung around a long time for his 56 while Oliver Hemingway did his best to limit the damage, claiming five wickets at a cost of exactly 100 runs.

Foot were well off the pace at 28 for three before Tom Hosker (28) and George Ashton (39) put some beef into the middle order. However, it wasn’t enough as as Samuel Bragg claimed four for 63 to help hasten their fate.

Second-placed Queensbury’s game at Northowram Hedge Top was reduced to 39 overs due to the rain with the visitors maintaining their position behind SBCI courtesy of a two wicket success.

Hedge Top made solid progress towards their closing total of 232 for seven with opener Chris Conroy lashing 68 and Razwan Saghir chipping in with an unbeaten 60.

Queensbury lost their first two wickets with 32 on the board but then Tom Watson (51) featured in a 100 stand for the third wicket to kick start the response in earnest.

Jason Slator contributed 66 as the visitors reached 236 for eight, Sam Gardner’s four for 92 the best with the ball.

Oxenhope’s scheduled clash with Outlane fell victim to the weather.

Greetland produced the shock result in Division two following their 41-run defeat of leaders Cullingworth.

Greetland, who started the day second from bottom, showed a steely determination after slipping to 68 for four, finally totalling a hard-earned 218 for eight.

The middle order did the trick with Damien Reynolds top-scoring on 49. J. Rogers and Dave Robinson both claimed three victims.

Cullingworth got bogged down in reply and although they had the game’s top scorer in Billy Whitford (72 no) they were unable to overhaul the target.

Bridgeholme took full advantage of Cullingworth’s slip-up to take over at the top following their 74-run success over Old Crossleyans.

The weather did its best to spoil Bridgeholme’s day as their original total of 198 was reduced to 150 after a break for rain.

Bobby Fielden’s opening 65 set the standard with Oliver Challis (40) and Chris Kibble (34) also chipping in with valuable runs.

Richard Dixon must have thought he had bowled his side in with a chance after bagging five for 96, but it wasn’t to be as Crocs failed to impress with the bat.

Dixon completed a fine individual performance with a late order 64 but the damage had been done.